Theatre Ghosts and Hauntings

 
William Terriss

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Adelphi Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Murdered in 1897, a number of thespians have heard or seen William's ghost walking about the building, or playing around with lights or props. Other people name the ghost as that of Edmund Kean, another famous actor of yester-year.


 
Sir Charles Wyndham

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Albery Theatre, St Martin's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Sir Charles built the Albery, and his grey haired shade now walks between its walls, normally lurking near the dressing rooms.


 
Displaced Actress

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Aldwych Underground Station (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built where the Royal Strand Theatre once stood, it is thought the female ghost seen standing on the tracks migrated from the original building to the station shortly after it became operational. She is normally reported by cleaning staff working the night shift.


 
Trench Trooper

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Coliseum, St Martin's Lane
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 03 October 1918
Further Comments: A small group of friends out for an evening's entertainment observed a man they knew walking down an aisle of the theatre, but he quickly disappeared from view. They later discovered that he had been killed in trench warfare around the time they saw him. He has been seen in the same area periodically since.


 
Man in Grey

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Drury Lane Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a long running show
Further Comments: Seeing this ghost, dressed in a long grey coat with a Tricorn hat, is considered a good omen; if it appears either in the morning or afternoon during rehearsals, the performance will go on to be a great success. King Charles II is also supposed to haunt the building (he was a great theatre lover), as does the shade of Joe Grimaldi who helps anyone struggling with their lines. Finally, the backstage corridors are home to the wraith of Charles Macklin, a murderer who was never found guilty, and now walks the scene of his crime.


 
Violet Melnotte

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1935 onwards,
Further Comments: The builder of the theatre, Violet was known to watch the performances from her own personal box. After her death in 1935, a presence could be heard from within her seating area, and her phantom spotted in the green room in 1967.


 
Grey Woman

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Fortune Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s onwards
Further Comments: Home to the stage play The Woman in Black, the theatre is ironically also haunted by a grey lady who was spotted in a lower box. Two shadowy figures have also been observed standing to the right of the stage.


 
Arthur Bourchier

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Garrick Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Known for his dislike of critics, Bourchier now haunts the rear of the theatre, often appearing just after a performance, or making his presence known by tapping people on their backs.


 
George

Location: Westcliff on Sea (Essex) - Palace Theatre, currently an arts centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: George has been reported sitting next to patrons during performances - they claim to have felt someone take up position next to them, though the entity remains invisible while seated. George is said to be the theatre manager who hanged himself from the fly floor due to financial difficulties just after the building opened in 1912. A white woman has been seen in the building, but it is generally agreed that these are two different forces, rather than the same ghost.


 
Lighting Operator

Location: Winchester (Hampshire) - Theatre Royal (was the Market Hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1910s
Further Comments: An apparition was seen dressed in combat clothing. A witness identified the ghostly soldier as a former lighting operator who worked at the theatre before going off to die on a World War One battlefield. The builder of the theatre, John Simpkins, is also said to haunt the building.


 
Percy Purdey

Location: Wolverhampton (West Midlands) - Grand Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century?
Further Comments: A former theatre manager and creature of habit; for years after his death Purdey could be heard mixing himself a drink in the bar after the start of every performance.


 
Actress in Grey

Location: Worthing (Sussex) - Connaught Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1987
Further Comments: The apparition of this actress wears a grey dress, though its style has been placed in several periods - maybe dependant on the different roles she played during life..?


 
Music

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Theatre Royal, St. Leonard's Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Music coming from the closed theatre was once heard late at night. A grey figure resembling a nun has also been spotted in the building; she is thought to be the ghost of a nun who was bricked up alive for seeing angels when a hospital existed on the site. It is said to be a good omen for any production currently showing if the grey nun appears. Finally, there are also reports of a wraithy actor who died in a duel nearby.


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